Moving one step closer to the formation of the government, the PDP, and BJP have decided to fight the Legislative Council elections in an alliance like they fought the Rajya Sabha polls recently. Eleven seats for Legislative Council are going to polls on March 2, and the last date for filing of nomination papers is February 18.
Sources reveal that as per the agreement between the two parties, the PDP will fight on six seats whereas the BJP will try it’s luck on five as part of the deal. Experts tell that both the parties could win 9 to 10 seats together, and lose one each in Kashmir, and Jammmu to NC-Congress combine although the opposition has not come out with their poll strategy yet.
The names of the BJP candidates would be finalized by the BJP Parliamentary Board in Delhi. However, in a minor setback to the state BJP the party High Command has already sent back the list of names which would be reviewed by Election Committee. The BJP Parliamentary Board comprises of top national leaders including the PM, the BJP President, and others who would decide on the fate of candidates.
Kashmir watchers tell that PDP has also finalized the names of five candidates who will contest for the polls. The PDP is likely to to fight for two seats of Jammu while leaving three for the BJP, and it is likely to fight for three seats of Kashmir province leaving one for the saffron party. For the two reserved seats of Leh and Kargil, the PDP is likely to fight the Kargil seat leaving Leh for the BJP.
PDP candidates who are in the fray could include Surinder Choudhary, Haji Inayat Ali from Kargil, Yashir Rishi, Javed Ahemd Mirchal, and Saifudin Bhat. All these leaders either lost assembly polls closely or they were covering candidates. The party might field Ved Mahajan and Vikramditya Singh from Jammu but the discussion is stil on their candidature.
The elections to 11 eleven LC seats are beig held because eight LC members are retiring between March 9 and 16. They include Ajatshatru Singh, BR Kundal, Syed Asgar Ali and Khalid Najib Suhrawardhy. Narboo Gialchan Aga Syed Ahmad Rizvi, Vijay Bakaya and Syed Mohammad Rafiq Shah. Three more candidates would be elected because three members have been elected to the Legislative Assembly.
These include Devender Singh Rana, Abdul Majeed Bhat Laram, and Mohammad Ashraf Mir. It is to noted that winners of by-elections will get only the term which remains for the MLC who has resigned from the House.
With their 25, and 28 seats the BJP-PDP combine respectively is in a position to win nine to ten seats, and it would give a great boost to the government formation which has been slowed down due to the ideological differences. The alliance couild win five seats with ease in these polls as separate elections have been announced for the five seats.